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What are the types of Parkinson's disease?

There are two type of Parkinson’s disease: tremor predominant and postural instability/gait disorder.

Tremor predominant Parkinson's involves shaking or trembling of the body. This type of Parkinson's disease can begin at an earlier age but progresses more slowly. It has a lower risk of cognitive (brain function) decline, but the tremors may be more difficult to treat than other symptoms and be more embarrassing.

People with postural instability/gait disorder have more trouble with walking and balance. This type of Parkinson's disease happens at an older age but tends to progress quickly. Although people may experience fewer tremors or no tremors at all, they have a higher risk of cognitive decline.
 

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